Agence France-PresseJune 19, 2013 02:32
War and other crises drove one person from their home every 4.1 seconds in 2012, the UN's refugee agency said Wednesday, pushing the number of people forcibly displaced to a two-decade high of 45.2 million.
All told, the UNCHR's annual figures showed 1.1 million people fled across international borders in 2012, while 6.5 million were displaced within their homelands.
"This means one in each 4.1 seconds. So each time you blink, another person is forced to flee," Antonio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, told reporters.